Jesse Lingard has reportedly told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he would ideally like to stay at Manchester United next season.
The England international failed to feature for a single minute in the Premier League for Manchester United last season, and was subsequently sent out on loan to West Ham in the January transfer window.
The 28-year-old made an impressive and instantaneous impact at the London Stadium, ending the campaign with nine goals and four assists in just 16 Premier League outings to help the Hammers to European qualification.
His form earned him a recall to the England squad for the March World Cup qualifiers, while he narrowly missed out on making the final 26 for this summers Euro’s, with Gareth Southgate blessed with an abundance of attacking talent.
West Ham are believed to be keen on re-signing Lingard on a permanent basis, though according to the Sun, the United academy graduate has recently held a ‘candid’ meeting with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and told him he is ‘prefer to stay’ at his boyhood club.
The report does say that he hasn’t ‘ruled out’ an exit, though his overall preference is to ‘rebuild his United career’.
Whether or not it will be possible for him to break back into a side that is looking to strengthen further this summer remains to be seen, the Red Devils expected to complete a deal for Jadon Sancho, while Bruno Fernandes has made the number 10 role his own since his arrival in January 2020.
Lingard currently has a year remaining on his deal at Old Trafford and has also been linked with the likes of Everton and Leicester in the past.
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Author: Ben Guest